Egypt AH 1255(23) 5 qirsh (gold)

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Heritage sale 357, lot 13265
Courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

The coin shown is a gold five qirsh from the reign of Sultan Abdul Mejid. It was struck at the Cairo Mint. The obverse bears the toughra, or signature, of the sultan. Below the toughra is the denomination (qirsh), abbreviated as 'sh', with the number 5 above. The reverse carries the ascension date and the text minted in Misr (Misr is Arabic for Egypt). The date is written as AH 1255 year 23, which translates to about 1861 AD.

The coin pictured was lot 13265 and sold on Sept 9, 2004 at the 2004 September (HWCA) Signature Sale #357 for $126.50. The catalog description noted, "Abdul Mejid gold 5 Piastres 1255AH Year 23, choice UNC, fully lustrous. From the Lake Pearl Middle Eastern Collection."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 0.427 g, 0.875 fine gold.

Catalog reference: KM 230, Fr-7.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.

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